Richard L. Hasen

Chancellor's Professor of Law and Political Science
Richard L. Hasen


Election Law, Legislation, Remedies, and Torts


Professor Richard L. Hasen is Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of California, Irvine. Hasen is a nationally recognized expert in election law and campaign finance regulation, writing as well in the areas of legislation and statutory interpretation, remedies, and torts. He is co-author of leading casebooks in election law and remedies.

From 2001-2010, he served (with Dan Lowenstein) as founding co-editor of the quarterly peer-reviewed publication, Election Law Journal. He is the author of over 100 articles on election law issues, published in numerous journals including the Harvard Law ReviewStanford Law Review and Supreme Court Review. He was elected to The American Law Institute in 2009 and served as an Adviser on ALI’s law reform project, Principles of Election Law: Resolution of Election Disputes.

Professor Hasen was named one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America by The National Law Journal in 2013, and one of the Top 100 Lawyers in California in 2005 and 2016 by the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal.

His op-eds and commentaries have appeared in many publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Politico, and Slate. Hasen also writes the often-quoted Election Law Blog, which the ABA Journal named to its “Blawg 100 Hall of Fame” in 2015. His newest book, The Justice of Contradictions: Antonin Scalia and the Politics of Disruption, was published in 2018 by Yale University Press.

Professor Hasen holds a B.A. degree (with highest honors) from UC Berkeley, and a J.D., M.A., and Ph.D. (Political Science) from UCLA. After law school, Hasen clerked for the Honorable David R. Thompson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and then worked as a civil appellate lawyer at the Encino firm Horvitz and Levy.

From 1994-1997, Hasen taught at the Chicago-Kent College of Law and from 1998-2011 he taught at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, where he was named the William H. Hannon Distinguished Professor of Law in 2005. He joined the UC Irvine School of Law faculty in July 2011, and is a faculty member of the UC Irvine Jack W. Peltason Center for the Study of Democracy.

Current Courses:

Legislation and Statutory Interpretation

Prior Courses:

Common Law Analysis: Torts, Campaign Finance: Law, Politics, and Policy (undergraduate), Common Law Analysis-Public Ordering (Torts), Election Law, Remedies, Legislation/Statutory Interpretation, Contracts

  • Douglas Laycock & Richard L. Hasen, Modern American Remedies (5th ed., Wolters Kluwer forthcoming 2019)
  • Richard L. Hasen, The Justice of Contradictions: Antonin Scalia and the Politics of Disruption (2018).
  • Richard L. Hasen, Race or Party, Party as Race, or Party All the Time: Three Uneasy Approaches to Conjoined Polarization in Redistricting and Voting Cases, 59 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 1837 (2017-2018).
  • Richard L. Hasen, Daniel H. Lowenstein, Daniel P. Tokaji & Nicholas O. Stephanopoulos, Election Law—Cases and Materials (plus teacher’s manual and annual supplements) (6th ed. 2017).
  • Richard L. Hasen, Remedies—Examples and Explanations (2017).
  • Richard L. Hasen, Plutocrats United: Campaign Money, the Supreme Court and the Distortion of American Elections (2016).
  • Richard L. Hasen, Softening Voter ID Laws Through Litigation: Is it Enough?, 2016 Wis. L. Rev. Forward 100, 100-21 (2016).
  • Richard L. Hasen, After Scalia: The Future of United States Election LawAmerica-Ho (in Japanese, 2016).
  • Richard L. Hasen, Election Law’s Path in the Roberts Court’s First Decade: A Sharp Right Turn But with Speed Bumps and Surprising Twists, 68 Stan. L. Rev. 1597, 1597-1632 (2016).